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The Kennedys

April 27, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

The Kennedys

Don’t miss this dynamic duo presenting a Concert and book reading!

Along with their spontaneous mix of Kennedys classics and on-the-spot audience requests, Pete will be reading excerpts from his memoir, “Tone, Twang and Taste” and signing copies of the book at intermission. A night of songs and stories, not to be missed! Reservations are suggested.



Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.

2015 sees a Maura solo CD, a Pete solo CD, and the release of “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention.

Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a “best of The Kennedys,” but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it’s the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.



“As a musician, Pete Kennedy has been there and done that for decades, and now he’s telling all the stories that have held his friends spellbound in conversation. Turns out he’s as stylish a writer as he is a player. Reading him is as satisfying as hearing a great song.”

— Anthony DeCurtis, Author of Lou Reed: A Life

“Pete Kennedy’s memoir is an entertaining, enlightening and unforgettable journey down the highways and byways of America’s music scene. It’s a trip you don’t want to miss.”

— Peter Quinn, author, Banished Children of Eve (winner, American Book Award)

“The perfect sideman who fits into any gig, and Tone, Twang, and Taste lays it all out.”

— Steve Addabbo, Grammy-winning producer/engineer who mixed Bob Dylan’s “Another Self Portrait” and “The Cutting Edge”

“Pete Kennedy can craft prose that stands up to his best songwriting, and that’s saying something. This fine tale of hanging with the greats across the entire spectrum of contemporary music—and even being blessed by the Reverend Al Green—is a moving and deft blend of memoir and music history. A treasure.”

— Alanna Nash, author of The Colonel: The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley

“Pete Kennedy is a wonderful player who is like a professor of music prowling about onstage in the guise of a folk guitarist.”

— Nanci Griffith, MCA/Electra recording artist


April 27, 2019
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0


The Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center
605 Main Street
Middletown, 06457 United States